Hey, Good Lookin’: Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams

Hank Williams and Tom Hiddleston: separated at birth?

Hank Williams and Tom Hiddleston: separated at birth?

Oh now this is a very, very good idea indeed, is it not?

Yesterday, Deadline reported that Tom Hiddleston—of The Avengers and, y’know, Tom Hiddleston fame—has signed up to play the lead in I Saw The Light, a biopic of country music’s primary catalyst Hank Williams.

Shooting starts in Louisiana in October, and Tom will be singing Hank’s songs throughout. Because, as we all know, he can.

Marc Abraham wrote the script, based on Colin Escott‘s book Hank Williams: The Biography, and he’ll direct it too. The movie will tell the tale of Hank’s fame, his drinking, his troubled marriage to Audrey Sheppard, his chronic back pain, his drug abuse and his untimely death in the back of a car, aged just 29.

Oh, and not incidentally, his creation of what has to be one of the finest songbooks in all of popular music, from “Your Cheatin’ Heart” to “Hey, Good Lookin’”

Here’s Hank in action back in 1951, suddenly looking not unlike a country Loki, devilish smile, ostentatious getup and everything:

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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